Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
Our University is a flourishing and internationally diverse community, which hosts students from over 130 countries.
We pride ourselves on being the third most culturally diverse university in the UK. Our University ensures that the
community consisting of Black Asian and minority ethnic students is not under-represented and promotes the use of safe
spaces to discuss concerns and issues that affect such students.
As an Essex student, you have an elected Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Officer within your Students' Union
to represent you. This person is a student and reports regularly to the Union Council on the
issues raised by their constituents and seek to implement progressive solutions
to issues raised. They also attend local and national events to build strong ties
with the local community, similar campaigns and national bodies.
Our University strives to maintain a system of inclusion where everybody can be
represented effectively. You can contact your BAME officer via email on
email@example.com and they will be able
to respond to any queries or concerns that you may face.
Annually, there is a colourful array of celebrations and festivals of the
cultural diversity represented across our three University campuses (Colchester,
Southend and Loughton). This includes fundraising events hosted by the African-Caribbean
society, Malaysian Night, Holi celebrations in the Spring, Ghanaian Independence Day
celebrations, Chinese New Year celebrations and several other events hosted by different
cultural societies. Students from all walks of life enjoy and contribute to these events,
proudly showcasing that our community is made up of various cultures and backgrounds.
If you are missing a taste of home, there are a number of restaurants and stores in
the town centres at Colchester, Loughton and Southend that sell food from a variety of cultures.
There are a large number of Students' Union cultural societies,
including African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese scholars, Ghanaian, Hong Kong Chinese, Japan, Korean, Malaysian,
Mexican, Nigerian, Saudi, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Joining societies helps you to create your new
home by making new friends. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can
always start your own society.
Discrimination and harassment
It is illegal for people to discriminate against you on the grounds of your protected
characteristics, including race.
Contact the Police if you have witnessed
or have been a victim of a hate crime.
Our Harassment Advisory Network
can help if you feel that you're being discriminated against or harassed and would
like confidential information and advice.
Our Equality and Diversity team can provide information and support about
University policies that have been put in place to protect you.
Further information and links
- The Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service (ACAS) website includes information and advice on equality and diversity in the workplace.
- Asian Jobsite is dedicated to e-recruitment within the Asian community. The Asian Jobsite brings
together the most comprehensive package to help you manage the success of your equal opportunities recruitment campaign, including brand building,
job postings, and helping to drive traffic to your organisation.
- Diversity Milkround gives advice on diversity and CSR on Milkround graduate careers resource.
- Ethnic Jobsite offers a one-stop-shop, for organisations with a positive equal opportunities recruitment policy.
- Prospects Handling Discrimination is an excellent source of information and advice on a range of
issues including disability, ethnicity, gender, maturity, and sexual orientation.
- Rare Recruitment connects exceptional people from diverse backgrounds with great careers in top organisations.
- The Runnymede Trust – Our mandate is to promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain – a Britain where citizens and communities feel valued,
enjoy equal opportunities to develop their talents, lead fulfilling lives and accept collective responsibility, all in the spirit of civic
friendship, shared identity and a common sense of belonging.
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London provides superior educational support and career access to young people
from under-represented and under-served backgrounds to help maximize their opportunities for university and career success.
- Target Jobs – Equality and diversity in graduate recruitment – find out
how to identify diversity positive employers, decide how and whether to disclose your circumstances, and get an understanding of your rights.
- Upreach supports undergraduates from less-privileged backgrounds to develop professionally and fulfil their career potential
- The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique organisation that runs personal development and training programmes
targeting talented Black and Asian students in the UK.
Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make
informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.
Get one-to-one help
Advisers in our Talent Development Centre can offer sessions to develop your writing, referencing, time management, study skills as well as English Language. You can sign up to
arrange one-to-one appointments.
Student Services Hub
Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and
wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.
Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country and is run by students,
for students. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies
and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.